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    Duties

    Summary

    This scientist serves the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI) which is housed under the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana. ALWRI is dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge needed to improve management of wilderness, wildlands, wild and scenic rivers and similarly protected areas.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Dr. Beth Hahn at 406-542-3244 or beth.hahn@usda.gov

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    Responsibilities

    • Develop and apply knowledge about factors that influence the nature and magnitude of biophysical and social impacts of human activities in wilderness or other wildlands.
    • Author science publications in the field of wilderness management or the role of wilderness or other protected areas in social and ecological systems.
    • Conceive and formulate research supporting or leading to studies by others.
    • Disseminate research results through multiple avenues including lectures, peer-reviewed scientific journals, technical reports and research papers, conference presentations, and popular literature.
    • Integrate spatial and temporal variation (local to national to international; across time through multiple studies) in human uses of wilderness and other wildlands and benefits of wilderness protection.
    • Use statistics, qualitative analysis, simulation modelling, geospatial analyses, spatial data (including social media), and/or field data to characterize and predict current and future wilderness use, recreation, and impacts.
    • Archive science products (data, study plans, coding manuals, reports and papers).
    • Lead science teams to discover and synthesize knowledge to support natural resource planning and management applications that contribute to the preservation of wild, natural and unconfined conditions and quality human experiences in wilderness.
    • Transfer research findings through workshops and/or field visits to help wilderness leaders and recreation managers manage visitor capacity and use.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel required to visit other research sites or field locations and attend professional scientific meetings or conferences

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

  • Job family (Series)

    0101 Social Science

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
    • Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation.
    • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
    • Obtain and use a government-issued charge card for business- related travel.
    • Completion of a three-year probationary period required in accordance with the USDA Demonstration Project Authority. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

    Qualifications

    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications, please go to https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/social-science-series-0101/

    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide university course descriptions as necessary.

    Basic Requirement for Social Science series (0101):
    Degree:
    Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    --OR--
    Experience:
    Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
    --OR--
    Combination of education and experience
    that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related graduate education in the amounts listed below.

    Specialized Experience or Graduate Education Requirement for GS-12 level:
    At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. To qualify at this grade level, your specialized experience for this position must include all of the following:
    --Conducting the full cycle of scientific research (including identifying research topics, defining study objectives, organizing and conducting the research, interpreting the results, and presenting the findings in the form of reports, demonstrations, manuscripts, and other appropriate technology transfer activities) in one or more of the following areas: social-ecological systems research, wilderness recreation, outdoor recreation, conflict management as related to land management, wildlands policy, water-based benefits from wilderness, human dimensions of wildlife, and/or natural resource conservation;
    --Field level data collection, study plan development, and obtaining peer reviews on draft articles and reports related to the scientific field above; AND
    --Demonstration of technology transfer abilities through methods such as training, developing step-by-step guides to monitoring, or guides to supporting land management planning requirements; and, disseminating research findings at conferences or scientific meetings and publishing results as primary author in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
    --OR--
    A conferred Ph.D. in one or more research areas directly related to the work of the position which includes social science as related to forestry, parks, tourism and recreation management, wildlife management or policy, environmental studies, wilderness management, research methods, statistical learning, statistical methods, and/or econometrics or psychometrics.

    Specialized Experience Requirements for GS-13 level:
    At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Graduate level education alone is not qualifying at this grade level. You must possess the specialized experience described to qualify.To qualify at this grade level, your specialized experience for this position must include all of the following:
    --Conducting a diversity or body of research as a Principal Investigator or project member on multiple studies that include the full cycle of scientific research (i.e. identifying research topics, defining study objectives, organizing and conducting the research, interpreting the results, and presenting the findings in the form of reports, demonstrations, manuscripts, and other appropriate technology transfer activities) in one or more of the following areas: social-ecological systems research, wilderness recreation, outdoor recreation, conflict management as related to land management, wildlands policy, water-based benefits from wilderness, human dimensions of wildlife, and/or natural resource conservation;
    --Conducting social-ecological analyses of threats from a changing environment to the relationships between biophysical attributes of public lands and people, disseminating results in peer-reviewed journals or other appropriate outlets; AND
    --Creating products or information with application for the management or planning of wilderness, parks or other protected areas, through co-development of knowledge with managers and planners.

    Specialized Experience Requirements for GS-14 level:
    At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Graduate level education alone is not qualifying at this grade level. You must possess the specialized experience described to qualify.
    To qualify at this grade level, your specialized experience for this position must include all of the following:--Leading and conducting a diversity or body of research as a Principal Investigator or team member on multiple research teams including the full cycle of scientific research (i.e. identifying research topics, defining study objectives, organizing and conducting the research, interpreting the results, and presenting the findings in the form of reports, demonstrations, manuscripts, and other appropriate technology transfer activities) in one or more of the following areas: social-ecological systems research, wilderness recreation, outdoor recreation, conflict management as related to land management, wildlands policy, water-based benefits from wilderness, human dimensions of wildlife, and/or natural resource conservation;--Leading cooperative research with academic or land management partners related to the status, threats, social benefits, or management of protected areas or other public lands; AND
    --Functioning as a science leader in one or more fields, exemplified by editorship for a scientific journal; service as a chair, co-chair, or vice chair of a scientific society; or convening scientific workshops, organizing symposia, or other appropriate activities.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.

    The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

    Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email

    asc_tos@fs.fed.us.



    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.

    Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. For more information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management,Salary and Wages web page.

    Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.

    Government housing is not available.

    This position is eligible for telework.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    This is a research scientist position and is classified under the scientist career plan. Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. Final grade level will be determined by a peer review panel. The purpose of the initial review panel is to determine the grade level upon entry into a position.
    Candidates being considered for this research position should provide a list of publications for which you have been an author, co-author, or contributor. If providing curriculum vitae, please incorporate all resume requirements identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement, or submit a supplemental resume which includes all information required in addition to the curriculum vitae.You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications.

    You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. You will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Individuals with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10598469

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the responsibilities section including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

    If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

    If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

    If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS.

    Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Please view Tips for Applicants - a guide to the Forest Service application process.

    Read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. (MST), Monday - Friday. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be returned to Human Resources no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order for it to be entered into the system prior to the closing date.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, in USAJOBS click "Apply" and follow the instructions to attach your resume and supporting documents, complete the assessment questionnaire, and submit your application.

    NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

    Agency contact information

    HRM Contact Center

    Address

    USDA Forest Service HRM Contact Center
    DO NOT MAIL IN APPLICATIONS, SEE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    US
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    A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

    It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

    Next steps

    Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS to check your application status.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/545461100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.